Poster: Bike Happy: Better Biking Routes

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The City of Atlanta has seen dramatic increases in the number of bicyclists pedaling its streets, trails, and neighborhoods in the past decade. Increasing gridlock, greater awareness of bicycling, investments in bicycle infrastructure, and other factors have made bicycling a more attractive option than ever before. Likewise, over the same the period of time, huge improvements in mapping, GPS, and smart phone technology have simplified the process of navigating cities at the human-scale.

Despite these coinciding trends, most mobile and web mapping services simply route bicyclists based on the shortest distance between two points. For bicyclists, though, the shortest route isn’t always the best route.  You might prefer a shady route when it’s hot out or a quiet route on paths and side streets when you aren’t in a rush. Bicyclists who are just getting started may want to avoid busy streets.


Using ArcGIS, we created a mapping tool that helps bicyclists find routes that meet their individual needs, taking traffic volume, bicycle infrastructure, hills, and shade into consideration. This tool will help bicyclists of all abilities find safe, pleasant routes to get them from Point A to Point B.


Michael Hanson , Sam Schwartz , Evanston , IL